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All Scouts, Leaders and their families are invited to attend a special Veterans’ Day Graveside Service to honor the service of two Congressional Medal of Honor Recipients, one of whom was a member of Boy Scout Troop 65 in Morgantown. We will also be honoring all veterans at that ceremony. Please join us!

When: Tuesday, November 11th, 2014
Time: 3:00 PM (should last no more than 30 minutes)
Where: East Oak Grove Cemetery, Morgantown, West Virginia


Here are brief biographies of both recipients:

Thomas William Bennett (April 7, 1947 – February 11, 1969) was a U.S. Army medic and the second conscientious objector to receive the Medal of Honor (Desmond Doss, a medic in World War II, was the first). Bennett was killed in action during the Vietnam War and posthumously received the Medal of Honor. Born in Morgantown, West Virginia, Thomas W. Bennett was sociable and deeply religious. He was raised Southern Baptist, but while a student at West Virginia University, he formed the Campus Ecumenical Council during his freshman year.

When he was placed on academic probation after the Fall 1967 semester, he considered his options should he lose his academic deferment. Deeply patriotic, but opposed to killing on religious grounds, he opted to enlist as a conscientious objector who was willing to serve. This classification is different from a conscientious objector who will not assist the military in any way. He was trained as a field medic.

Cpl. Thomas W. Bennett arrived in South Vietnam on January 1, 1969, and was assigned to Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry in the Central Highlands of Vietnam. The unit began a series of strenuous patrols in the dense, mountainous terrain. On February 9, 1969, the unit came under intense fire, and Cpl. Bennett risked gunfire to pull at least five wounded men to safety. That evening, his platoon sergeant recommended him for the Silver Star.

Over the coming days, Cpl. Bennett repeatedly put himself in harm's way to tend to the wounded. On February 11, while attempting to reach a soldier wounded by sniper fire, Cpl. Bennett was gunned down. On April 7, 1970, his posthumous Medal of Honor was presented to his mother and stepfather by President Richard Nixon.
A dormitory tower at West Virginia University's Evansdale Residential Complex is named in his honor.

A medical clinic at Fort Hood is named in his honor.

Corporal Bennett was a Boy Scout in Troop 65 in Morgantown, West Virginia and spent many days and nights camping at Camp Mountaineer.

Levi Shoemaker (June 25, 1840 – 1917) was a Union Army soldier during the American Civil War who received the U.S. military's highest decoration, the Medal of Honor. Shoemaker volunteered for service in the Union Army and was assigned as a sergeant to Company A of the 1st West Virginia Volunteer Cavalry Regiment. He received the Medal of Honor for capturing the flag of the 22nd Virginia Cavalry in battle at Nineveh, Virginia, on November 12, 1864. Another 1st West Virginia Cavalry soldier, Private James F. Adams, also received the medal for capturing a Confederate flag during the skirmish.
 
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